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Velomobiles Spotted in Collinsville

Three riders attract attention with ‘human powered vehicles.'

Three riders with velomobiles garnered some attention Saturday as they rode the "human powered vehicles" into Collinsville. 

The "vehicles" consist of a recumbent or trike-type bicycle with a shell built around it. They often have electronic lights, mirrors, suspension and a t-type steering system. Numerous options and materials are available. 

Howard Pfrommer of Killingworth, Mike Zych of Terryville and Merrill Gay of New Britain rode from the latter city to Collinsville Saturday. The three use the vehicles for commuting as well as riding for pleasure.

"For me it's a good combination of exercise, getting to work and fun," Pfrommer said. 

Gay even joined a fleet of riders for Roll Over America, a 2011 ride from Portland, Oregon to Washington, D.C. He chronicled the trip in this blog

Cindy October 07, 2012 at 12:25 PM
These look great! Kind of Soap Box Derby meets Fred Flintstone.
Karen Manus October 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I want one . I need a hood and windshield wipers, perhaps a convertible style Oh... and a great sound system . Heat and air conditioning would be nice : ). I wonder how these are geared and how difficult hills are. The aerodynamic styling and and solid sides must help compensate somewhat for the added weight. I still want one.
Jimm Pratt October 08, 2012 at 07:57 AM
Karen,you can have all that and more. Although typically you won't need heating as you own body heat will full the cabin nicely. On my daily 6 km commute I typically ride in just a long sleeve shirt and jeans, even in sub zero temperatures. Gearing you choose will depend on what kind on terrain and leg strength.you can also get electric assist if you live in a really hilly area.

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